In Part III of this series, we elaborated a bit on how vested interests can infiltrate our medical system through what we referred to as the questionable institutional ties. This includes, among others, ties between medical publishers and pharmaceuticals, ties between government and food corporations, ties between research communities and their funding partners, and ties between health charities and pharmaceuticals. We also discussed how such ties could reduce the quality and the integrity of our research, promote the adoption of questionable health policies, and potentially misinform the medical communities about the benefits and harm of a treatment. Continue reading What’s Wrong With Mainstream Western Medicine — Part IV
“And as always, I must say that there isn’t any malice involved. Just as psychiatrist prescribe psychosomatic drugs like candy, and surgeons sell invasive procedures, so does the optometry field dispense diopter correction with total abandon. It’s the whole paradigm of health that is broken. The industry should never be run as a for-profit enterprise. Once you combine health and profit, this is exactly what happens.
Lastly, don’t follow my lead in terms of tone. There is no benefit to confronting or personally attacking anyone for their profession –– the problem goes far beyond the optometrist, the school, and the lens maker. Everybody does the best they can, inside the broken system that is health for profit.”
—Alex Frauenfeld, Behavioural Ophthalmologist at the Frauenfeld Clinic Archive, November 21, 2014
One fundamental hallmark of life is the necessity of decision making. In fact, regardless of our age, gender or ethnic background, we would invariably come across scenarios in which we are forced to make choices — Should we agree or disagree? Consume this or consume that? Proceed as advised by our lawyers, or as advised by our relatives? Continue reading False Dilemma — The Beginning of Disaster?
Myopia rehabilitation won’t make much sense unless we can somehow keep track of our refractive status. Without any knowledge about how to gauge myopia improvement, any reasonable person will eventually want to give up. As with any other long-term project, the ability to track progresses can help us get on the right tracks, and provides the ultimate incentives to carry on with our effort. In what follows, we present: Continue reading Gauging Myopia Improvement — Snellen Chart and Beyond